Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.
This prayer from Sir Francis Drake has been challenging me recently! I am challenged at how often we tend to think we have arrived in our Christian lives when in reality we haven’t. How often we tend to lose our thirst and zeal to be more like Christ and how our vision of heaven has a tendency to grow dim. So often we hang up the Do Not Disturb sign on the door of our lives because we don’t like our comfort, safety and status quo living being interrupted by the turbulence of big dreams, the deep waters of radical obedience, the rough seas of suffering, and the dark nights of uncertain adventures.
Pray this week that the Christians inside of prison would be disturbed, that they would not lose their thirst for the waters of life and would step out with courage, having placed their faith in God. Pray that while on this sanctification journey that they would open their eyes and identify those “smooth sailing” areas of their lives. Pray that the Church inside of prison will become more like Christ and be a radiant light to the rest of the population.